This month: Tracking, understanding, and solving the COVID-19 problem - Register Now for this free event | NDSU's College of Business and School of Pharmacy announce accreditation extensions | Dr. Kwangsoo Park named innaugural Anne Stegner Professor | Challey Institute to host virtual event on campus free speech | Former NDSU administrator writes book on values and principles | Stay Connected with NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Tracking, understanding, and solving the COVID-19 problem

Join John Glover, NDSU Foundation President/CEO, for conversations with faculty and students working behind the scenes

For months, NDSU faculty, staff, and students have been helping track, understand, and solve the COVID-19 problem. Join John Glover, NDSU Foundation President/CEO, for the In Our Hands Virtual Campaign Program Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. CT. John will lead a discussion with NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani and NDSU faculty and students who've been working to better the lives of North Dakotans.

This event is free, but you must register to join.

NDSU's College of Business announces accreditation extension

The College is among only five percent of business schools to receive the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation

The accreditation is a process of rigorous review conducted by the business education community, ensuring the appropriate resources, credentials, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education. Their mission is to foster engagement, innovation, and impact in business education.

"AACSB has recognized our commitment to quality business education and our extension of accreditation delivers a message to recruiters, employers, and prospective students that the College of Business at NDSU prepares students for the challenges of a competitive, global business environment," Scott Beaulier, the Ronald and Kaye Olson Dean of Business, said.

NDSU's College of Business has been accredited by the AACSB since 2001. Philanthropic support to the College throughout the In Our Hands campaign has led to the establishment of the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series, and the Nice Center. These programs expand learning and experience opportunities for students in the College of Business and across NDSU.

National accreditation extended for NDSU School of Pharmacy

NDSU's School of Pharmacy in the College of Health Professions has received an extended full accreditation for eight years

The extension is the maximum term allowed from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and runs until June 2028.

The accreditation is a multi-year, rigorous review process conducted by national reviewers along with extensive internal review of the pharmacy program. National accreditation helps ensure that students receive an exceptional education. Students must graduate from an ACPE-accredited program to become licensed and practice as pharmacists.

"Our goal is to provide top-notch education for our students so they are thoroughly prepared for the pharmacy profession," Michael Kelsch, interim associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of practice, said.

The School of Pharmacy is housed in the newly-dedicated, $28-million, all privately-funded Aldevron Tower, which is home to the entire College of Health Professions.

The NDSU School of Pharmacy first received accreditation in 1940.

Philanthropy in action

Dr. Kwangsoo Park named inaugural Anne Stegner Professor in the College of Human Sciences and Education

The Anne Stegner Professorship is the first endowed faculty position in the College of Human Sciences and Education at NDSU and was made possible because of Anne's estate gift to the university. Dr. Park's research in the area of inclusion in hospitality is evidence of his ability to look beyond the status quo of the industry, and it challenges students, colleagues, and industry leaders to think differently about what it means to be accessible by analyzing the areas that need to be improved to better the experiences of people with disabilities and their caregivers.

"This endowment allows for expanded research to the general public, which is changing attitudes toward people with disabilities."
- Dr. Kwangsoo Park, Anne Stegner Professor

You can learn more about Dr. Park's research and Anne Stegner by watching the full medallion ceremony.

Learn more about faculty support and In Our Hands: The Campaign for North Dakota State University, at

Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth to host virtual event on campus free speech

Scott Beaulier, Ronald and Kaye Olson Dean of Business, will host a virtual conversation with Emily Chamlee-Wright, CEO and president of the Institute for Humane Studies

In the discussion titled “Free Speech on Campuses and Our Road Back to Good Conversations,” Emily and Scott will discuss how cancel culture, intolerance, and, in some cases, violence are eroding the foundational norms of civility and tolerance on college campuses. This free event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., and is part of the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series. You must register on Zoom to attend. After registering, you will be emailed a link to access the event.

Campus news

Former NDSU administrator writes book on values and principles

NDSU retired administrator and alumnus Prakash Mathew '76 has written a new book titled "We are Called…To Do the Right Thing," which is scheduled to be published May 5, 2021 by the NDSU Press. Prakash had a 34-year career at NDSU, serving as vice president for student affairs from 2006 until his retirement in 2014. This is Prakash's first book, and he describes it as an "easy read" filled with stories, personal accounts, and the lessons he's learned during his life and career. Learn more about Prakash and his inspiration for writing.

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